What do Connections do?

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Presented to SUNY, May 31, 2012

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  • 1.What do connections do? George Siemens, PhDMay 31, 2012Presented to:SUNYStony Brook, New York

2. Networks arent new 3. Inca Temple Nodes 4. Network language is so pervasive that we rarely move past node/connection discourse 5. i.e. 6. Source: http://www.orgnet.com/sna.html 7. or 8. Source: http://www.chrisharrison.net/index.php/Visualizations/ClusterBall 9. But most networks are far more complex 10. Multiple node types, Multiple relationshipsContractor, Monge, Leonardi (2011) 11. Contractor, Monge, Leonardi (2011) 12. This is especially true as information continuesto be digitized (and increase in abundance)Distributed cognition - information held intechnology & artifacts 13. Innovation asconstantcombinations andrecombinations ofexisting technologies 14. Rocketthe thousand threads that lead from the locomotive to the very beginnings of themodern worldRosen, 2010 Source: http://www.solarnavigator.net/inventors/george_stephenson.htm 15. Knowledge has a structure 16. Source: http://richard.cyganiak.de/2007/10/lod/ 17. Knowledge has a history (archeology) 18. Archeology of Knowledgehistory deciphered the traces left by men, it nowdeploys a mass of elements that have to begrouped, made relevant, placed in relation to oneanother to form totalities (Foucault) 19. Note quality ofInca stone work(bottom)(Spanish top) 20. Spanish additionIncan-Foundation 21. Learning (education) is the process ofdeveloping awareness of the connections in adiscipline. 22. Three levelsNeuralConceptualSocial/External 23. Science as a connective enterprise(Bibliographyand Garfields impact factor asinspiration for Google) 24. The scientific method is a structured process for connection validation 25. Northeast Blackout: 2003From 12:15 pm to 4:13 pm:Small power-flow monitoring tool failureto 250+ power plant failure 26. A fundamental property of interdependentnetworks is that failure of nodes in one networkmay lead to failure of dependent nodes in othernetworks. This may happen recursively and canlead to a cascade of failures. Buldyrev et al (2010) 27. Thinking in networks 28. Our education system should communicate information (idea) relatedness and connectivity(not discrete knowledge elements) 29. CoherenceSynchronizationResonanceLock-in 30. Coherencean ancient urge to seek a comprehensivepicture of the world for the sake ofunderstanding ourselves, for knowledges sake,and not the least for acting as best we can Cordero 2007 31. Coherence 32. Resonancepsychological arousal 33. AppleSilicon ValleyBoundary-based lock-in 34. Creating integrated ecosystems:Content,Delivery,Assessment(The integrator, rules) 35. MOOCsHow can an educator teach 1,000, 5,000, or100,000 students? 36. MOOCsThey cant. The learners teach one another(fill knowledge gaps in others) 37. Half-ideas colliding to form new (innovative)knowledge wholes: MOOCs 38. Education system- Should be about spaces for optimal ideaconnectedness- Space design, not only learning design- Openness of content and teaching enlargessocietys capacity to handle complex problems- xED is academias push back atcommercialization of knowledge/learning 39. Expertise development throughactivities that activate multiple(meaningful) knowledge connections 40. Participatory pedagogies 41. Creating:artifacts, stuff, remixing, newassemblies, novel connectedness 42. New points of control in connection-formation redistribute power in society (education) 43. Source: Speigel15-M Movement 44. Quebec Student Tuition Protests, 2012 45. Future of Higher Education MOOCStarts: Oct 2012More info on www.elearnspace.org/blog soon 46. networked science has thepotential to dramaticallyspeed up the rate of scientificdiscovery 47. Distributed Research Lab:http://www.solaresearch.org/storm/Looking for research leads and doctoral students 48. Learning Analytics: Practitioners WorkshopPurdue: Oct 1-3, 2012http://www.solaresearch.org/flare/ 49. Twitter: gsiemenswww.elearnspace.orgwww.connectivism.ca